Palmerbet’s daily NBA preview highlights the feature game between the Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
14:30 (AEDT), Wed 9th Jan @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 55: Clippers 30 V Hornets 25
Last meeting: December 31, 2018: Clippers 106 d Hornets 98 at Staples Center
Final Thoughts: The Charlotte Hornets are seeking early-2019 momentum as they gear up for a tough road trip against the LA Clippers.
The 19-20 Hornets are seventh in the Eastern Conference but have lacked consistency all year. A 119-113 away win over the Suns in their last eight was just the Hornets’ third win in eight games.
Kemba Walker continues to carry Charlotte’s offence, averaging 25.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. But Walker is missing injured big man Cody Zeller’s screen-setting precision.
The 23-16 Clippers sit fourth in the West and have won six of their last nine after a rough mid-December run. They have racked up 10-point victories over the Suns and Magic in the past week.
Lou Williams’ production off the bench continues to be a key asset for the Clippers, while Tobias Harris is going from strength to strength in a breakout season, averaging 21.1 points and 8 rebounds.
The Clippers have won 13 of their last 15 against the Hornets, including the last eight in LA.
Last season both encounters were won by the home team: Charlotte won 102-87, before the Clippers turned the tables 106-98 as Williams put up 40 points and eight assists off the bench.
The Clippers are a solid 13-6 at home. The Hornets are a poor 5-12 on the road, winning just one of their last five away.
The Hornets have been a frustrating proposition for punters all season and the Clippers should be a good bet against a decent-sized line in this one.
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